Vinten, a world leader in manual and robotic camera support systems, today introduced the new FHR-155E — a robotic pan and tilt head designed to support full size broadcast cameras and lenses as remote-controlled robotic devices in outdoor locations. With a maximum payload capacity of 90kg/200lb, the FHR-155E combines sophisticated software and mechanical engineering to enable exceptionally accurate, smooth, and quiet camera movements in challenging open-air environments.
“As the latest addition to our popular FHR range of robotic heads, the FHR-155E shares a pedigree with long line of class-leading robotic pan and tilt heads from Vinten. This solution delivers broadcast quality production values to remote locations outside of a studio with outstanding protection from the environment,” said Neil Gardner, global product manager, robotics and automation. “Whether the environmental challenge is heat, cold, dust or rain, The FHR-155E consistently delivers the smooth camera and lens motion control necessary for high-quality broadcast output.”
Designed to military specification for use in desert conditions, the IP65 rated FHR-155E is insulated against extreme temperatures with an operating range of 4°C to 50°C and features a remote-controlled wiper with optional jet wash for a clear field of view. The weatherproof camera enclosure is pressurized to prevent any dust being drawn into the enclosure and is available with an optional Cooler Module that is independently regulated by an internal thermostatic control to maintain a constant optimum operating temperature.
With IP network connectivity, camera operators can make intuitive and smooth pan-and-tilt movements remotely using the familiar Vinten HD-VRC control system used in studio robotics. The FHR-155E features a pan range of 359° and a tilt range of ±30° (±179° with extended cradle arm) and is designed to be near-silent when in motion — making it ideal for environments with noise limitations.
Already adopted for large outdoor venues on the Arabian Peninsula and in north Africa, the FHR-155E is the ideal solution for areas where it would be impractical to deploy a manual camera operator such as broadcast weather cameras, inaccessible areas of sports arenas or religious gatherings.
The FHR-155E is available now.